Do you sometimes find yourself getting caught up in a conversation where you are constantly trying to convince the other person that you are right and that he or she is wrong and must agree with you? So much that you have stopped listening to what the other person says?
We sometimes associate our opinions with our own identity and when someone disagrees, it can be perceived as ‘criticism’ and we do everything we can to make them agree with us. We may sometimes even get a little frustrated that they ‘don’t get it’.
Does this sound familiar?
The fact is, having a contrasting opinion from yours is okay. It doesn’t mean that the other person is right or wrong or even trying to offend you – it’s just a different perspective.
Similarly, when you have a different opinion from someone, it doesn’t mean that you’re offending anyone. You just have your own view and rightly so.
Everyone has opinions by the end of the day.
After all, wouldn’t life be a little less exciting if we all agreed on everything?
What is important though, is that we know our values and are clear about our own truth. That way it doesn’t matter what other people think and we can see the world through its many colours of opposing views and preferences.
Let’s all embrace a different opinion and start listening. Who knows, we may get a pleasant surprise and learn a thing or two from it.